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INDIAN IT IN NUMBERS 
(Updated  March 24 2015)

Total no. of  phone subscriptions:    970 million
( downward corrected)

Mobiles  943 million 
Landlines: 27 million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  300 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:  86  million (wired: 16 million;   wireless : 70  million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
NEW!  Indian e-gov documents released  Dec 25 2014
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market

 

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Gigabyte motherboard helps break Indian overclocking record
 
 
Services  
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Companies  
Gigabyte motherboard helps break Indian overclocking record
 
 
People  
Airtel rejigs its Android app, adds some customer-friendly tieups
 
 
Software  
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Education  
Polaris sets up Digital Academy at Oxford University
 
 
Mobiles  
Twitter chief in India to help launch government's unique e-gov tweet initiative
 
 
Personal Technologies  
Gigabyte motherboard helps break Indian overclocking record
 
 
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Avaamo, a secure app for the mobile workforce, flows from Indian DNA
 
 
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India honours IT icons on Republic Day 2015
 

 
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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS
 
 
 
IT happened in India
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  Gigabyte motherboard helps break Indian overclocking record
Chennai, March 27, 2015 - Hard core PC enthusiasts and gaming freaks  turned up in large numbers  to watch overclocked systems in a haze of liquid nitrogen  at the  PC Extreme event here, yesterday. Supported by GIGABYTE Technology (India) the highlight of the event was a demo of extreme overclocking (OC) that culminated in the creation of a new Indian CPU-Z OC record, by Prathamesh Patil,  Gigabyte Field Application Engineer. ....
India rejigs supercomputer grid plans
New Delhi, March 26 2015: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Indian  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has  green lighted a  National Supercomputing Mission aimed at enabling India to leapfrog to the league of world-class computing nations. ....
Digital media on a roll in India: FICCI-KPMG study
MUMBAI, March 26, 2015. Digital advertising  in India has shown stupendous 44.5 per cent growth in 2014 over 2013. ...
Indian civil society hails apex court verdict upholding free speech in an Internet Age
March 25 2015: In a landmark judgment the  Indian Supreme Court  has struck down the contentious Section 66A of the Information Technology Act that empowers the police to make arrests over social media posts and prescribes up to three years in jail as punisyhment. ...
Twitter chief in India to help launch government's unique e-gov tweet initiative
New Delhi, March 24, 2015:  With a tweet  inviting Indians to  give him a 'missed call'  to connect with him, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)  launched ‘Twitter Samvad’, a service aimed to boost the nation’s e-governance plans by helping government bodies and leaders communicate directly with citizens on a daily basis via Tweets and SMS on their mobile devices. ...
 


 
Education and e-learning
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TI launches free online analog design course
Bangalore, March  25, 2015:Texas Instruments (TI)  has brought TI Precision Labs, the electronics industry's first comprehensive online classroom for analog engineers, to India. The on-demand courses pair theory and applied lab exercises to deepen the technical expertise of experienced engineers and accelerate the development of those early in their careers. ....
Top 10 strategic technologies impacting Education in 2015: Gartner report
Bangalore, , 27 February 28  2015: Gartner has identified the top 10 strategic technologies for the education industry in 2015 and provides recommendations to education CIOs and IT leaders regarding adoption and benefits. It is not a list of what education CIOs spend the most time or money on; rather it is a list of strategic technologies that Gartner recommends education CIO should have a plan for in 2015: 1. ....
 

 
Travel & Tourism Technology
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Via.com app hugely popular with domestic flyers
New Delhi, February 25, 2015: The recently-launched application for Android devices  from Via.com, India’s largest travel network has received a  huge  response from users to become highest-rated travel app in the country -- with a rating of 4. ....
Airlines, airports, passengers, get 'personal': SITA study
February 26 2015: The future is personal in air travel, but are passengers, airlines and airports aligned? The “connected passenger” has become a reality for the air transport industry with 97% carrying a device.. Smartphones are the essential tool to help passengers navigate through the traditional pinch points on their journey and have a better experience, with 81% carrying them today, compared to just over a quarter in 2010. ....
 


 
e-Healthcare
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HelpMeDoc healthcare site offers a useful online presence for Doctors too.
New Delhi, March 17 2015: HelpMeDoc, a one stop destination for all kinds of healthcare needs,   now provides  an interesting online platform  -- DocPractic --  that enables doctors to keep a tab on their practice and patients, irrespective of time and place. ....
Healthcare app, Lybrate, connects you to doctors in many Indian cities
Bangalore, February 24 2015: A new healthcare app, Lybrate,promises to  help  Indians access the best available league of good doctors, ready to give their medical advice. Patients  get such suggestions right from the comfort of their home using their smartphones. ....
HealthifyMe says: Smart phones are the smart way to stay healthy
Bangalore, February 14 2015: There are many health and fitness trackers today -- but at one recent solution is  less about gadgets and more about   expert support. ...
 


 
Product Pulse
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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS
Watch that  keeps a ‘watch’ on your regular fitness goals  By V. Sudhakshina If fitness and healthy living is your mantra  you might  think of investing in one of the many fitness or activity trackers available. TomTom, the GPS and navigation device manufacturer recently launched a range of fitness watches, including the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio. ....
Fashion for the rest of us
From street fashion to runway trends of Paris, smart phone users can get the best style advice through innovative apps By Vishnu Anand Today, global fashion trends  are orchestrated by designers sitting in their   cozy  studios, conveniently using Hollywood and the international music fraternity as their props. ....
Phones with BIG batteries
A few phones offer  enough battery power to keep pace with your heavy apps February 23 2015: HD videos, route navigation, music, games, apps for pizza delivery, movie tickets, cab bookings, airline check-in…. ...
 


 
IT's for you
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  Tata adds WiFi to its wireless landline offering
Bangalore,  March 26, 2015: Tata Docomo, the unified brand of Tata Teleservices has wifi-enabled its   wireless landline offering launched Tata Walky.  The traditional Tata Walky now gets wifi enabled; a multi-purpose, portable wireless device  -- Tata Photon Walky -- that can be used to make calls and surf the internet. ....
UST Global launches women's safety app with Thiruvananthapuram police
Mumbai, March 8, 2015: IT tech and services company, UST Global,  has launched  a mobile-based app for women’s safety,  just ahead of International Women’s Day. iSafe—has been rolled out for the Thiruvananthapuram City Police and  will be an integral part of the earlier app that UST Global had developed for the  City Police a few months ago. ....
Affordable car dashboard cameras
New Delhi, March 2 2015: Public vehicles in many countries are mandated to install a video camera recording a driver's-eye view of the entire journey. ...
'RAID' your personal storage
March 2 2015: Redundant Array of Independent Disks  or RAID is a standard technique followed by enterprise data centres, where  data is saved simultaneously  on two or more separate  hard drives,  so that if one fails, another kicks in. ...
Global Compact Network meet brings industry, NGOs together at Bangalore
Bangalore, February24 , 2015: Global Compact Network India (GCNI), the Indian arm of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC),  held its 10th National Convention in Bangalore last week with its theme: finding ways to turn the new sustainable development vision into reality for millions worldwide. ...
 

 
IT people
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  Shirish Joshi to lead Polycom's Asia-Pac Channel sales
Hyderabad, February 24, 2015 –  Video  and voice conferencing leader Polycom, Inc. has announced the appointment of Shirish Joshi as Asia Pacific Channel Sales Director. He will be responsible for executing channel programmes across the region, driving business for Polycom partners, and strengthening go-to-market and distribution strategy. ....
Sashi Kumar to lead Happiest Minds
Bangalore, February 16, 2015: Sashi Kumar  is to be the new as the CEO & MD of the next generation IT organization  Happiest Minds. Sashi comes to Happiest Minds, having led  significant operations in Microsoft, SAP and CSC During his career of 23 years, he has been profit centre head for 11 years. ....
Ashish Agrawal is new CTO at Micromax
New Delhi, February 13, 2015: Leading Indian  smartphone player Micromax Informatics has  appointed  Ashish Agrawal as its new Chief Technology Officer. ...
 

 
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Garbled signals: For Digital India to succeed the government needs to get spectrum policy right
Telecommunications provide India a unique opportunity to leapfrog technologies and empower people with information...  India’s telecom infrastructure is critical to its prosperity. But for this to happen government needs to get its policies right, which means telecom companies must have access to plentiful and affordable spectrum.... Editorial in Times of India, March 9 2015

Budget 2015: Mixed bag for Indian IT industry
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during his Budget 2015 speech acknowledged the concerns of the $150 billion Indian IT industry. Even though he did not announce any big bang measures for the industry, experts said that the fine print of the budget has a few positive measures for the industry.  Business Standard, March 2 2015

Cisco is readying frame work for Digital India: Padmasree Warrior, Cisco
Cisco, the global networking products giant, has been closely engaged with the creation of smart cities in the country. Today, with the government’s Digital India programme to create 100 smart cities, the company is further enthused about its plans for the market with all signs pointing in the right direction, says Padmasree Warrior, chief technology & strategy officer, Cisco, in an interview with PP Thimmaya..... Financial Express, March 2 2015

 

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